It’s no secret; Pelosi is beginning to cave. The growing popularity of socialism among her party’s base and their new class of freshmen representatives are slowly engulfing the old guard led by Pelosi.
For evidence, just look how scared Pelosi is to call out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitic comments—one said that Israel “hypnotized” the world to cover their “evil doings,” and the other accused individuals of being “all about the Benjamins” in response to a tweet to suggest that AIPAC was paying off US politicians. Pelosi originally condemned Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets but as the anti-Semitic comments have continued, Pelosi hasn’t had an answer.
For instance, Pelosi tried to excuse Omar’s last series of anti-Semitic tropes by saying that Omar has “a different experience in the use of words” and that she doesn’t “understand” the meaning of them. She even continued to say that she doesn’t think Omar is anti-Semitic. If so, then why did she ask her to apologize for the previous comments or introduce a resolution to condemn them? If Pelosi doesn’t think Omar understands that she’s being anti-Semitic, why in the world is she leaving her on the House Foreign Affairs committee?
Simply put, Pelosi is afraid to call out Omar because of her growing popularity within the party and her support from Rep. AOC (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). These freshmen Reps. have already gained too much power and Pelosi has had no answer for it.
Consider the unchecked power AOC has amassed in just a few months. She practically forced Democrats to endorse the Green New Deal. That’s why six of the top Democrats running for President endorsed this mindless proposal.
Additionally, in a Democratic caucus meeting on Feb. 28th, AOC threatened to put her fellow Democratic colleagues “on a list” if they voted with the GOP, essentially telling the old guard to follow along or she will have someone primary them just like she did Rep. Joseph Crowley, a longtime Democrat Rep.
Pair all this with the rapid rise of socialism within their party and then tell me who you think is running the show.
It wasn’t always this clear, though. At the beginning of this new Congress, it seemed as if Pelosi would rise against the leftwards lurch of her party. Soon after Rep. AOC beat out Joseph Crowley, Pelosi refuted the claim that it was because of the popularity of socialism within their party. “It’s ascendant in that district perhaps,” Pelosi said after asked by CBS News’ Nancy Cordes if socialism was “ascendant” in the Democratic party.
Pelosi also stood against the young, strident progressives in her party in the fight over PAYGO – which Pelosi wanted to bring back. The PAYGO (pay-as-you-go) rule is basically where Congress must either cut spending or raise taxes as they create new budget expenditures. Naturally, the more progressive Democrats like Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep. AOC opposed Pelosi. “It’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare + other leg. We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start,” Rep. AOC tweeted.
Then, more recently, Pelosi took a shot at the progressives in her party. In a Politico interview on Feb. 6th, Pelosi mocked the progressive pipe-dream that is the New Green Deal, saying, “The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?” Though, the next day, Pelosi gave them a little break saying she hasn’t seen it but complimenting their “enthusiasm.”
So, who knows? Maybe Pelosi will turn the tide and keep her party from becoming straight-up Labour UK. If so, she’s going to have to make some tough decisions quickly and stand up to the growing influence and power of socialism in her party’s base and new members of Congress. In a time of such political chaos and polarization, I’m sure many would openly welcome more moderation.
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